For companies that have a minimum of 15 workers, employers must abide by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act. These laws offer many protections to pregnant women, including that bosses cannot fire them for getting pregnant. The laws also state that employers must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant women while at work.
For many people, retirement is a natural stage of life. It provides an opportunity for adults who have worked for years to take time off to travel, enjoy their families more or pursue new activities if they want to.
An employee's pregnancy or the prospect of a pregnancy can cause some employers to behave in a discriminatory manner, even if they do not realize they are doing it. Thus, the question arises: "What is an employer's obligation to a pregnant worker?" For example, is it better for the employer to simply pretend an employee is not pregnant and to let the employee take the lead on any issues such as time off?
In a perfect world, all people would treat others with dignity, regardless of sexual orientation. Unfortunately, as you know, we have not yet reached that point. Despite the progress that society has made toward equal rights, countless LGBT people across the country still receive poor treatment by their co-workers and employers. While there are laws in California that are supposed to protect you from discrimination, the reality is far from the ideal.
"It's not personal, it's business," may be a popular motto in the industry, but it is not always legal for employers to follow. The inconveniences of vacation time, sicknesses, medical treatment and maternity leave can cause employers to look for ways to indirectly fire you or get you to quit.
If you are currently pregnant, congratulations! There is likely quite a bit on your mind about your life post-baby and how being a new mother will impact returning to work.
Discrimination coming from a superior can make anyone feel unworthy, insulted and worried about his or her job. When the discrimination pertains to pregnancy or a maternity-related issue, the feelings you experience can be even more complex and devastating. Are you somehow less important because you are expecting a child? Does the time you miss due to doctors’ appointments or health issues make your job less relevant? What might happen to your position after you take maternity leave? These are questions that cross the mind of many expectant mothers in California after they experience discrimination related to their pregnancies.
Pregnancy is an exciting time but it also comes with several fears. Expecting mothers naturally worry about the health of their coming child and their own pregnancy, childbirth and what happens next. For working mothers, pregnancy adds another burden: wondering how the workplace will accept these changes and your upcoming leave of absence.